Victorian apprentice jockeys Teo Nugent and Lachlan King have escaped any charges after stewards concluded a three-week inquiry into their rides in a race at Caulfield last month.
King was aboard Surreal Image and Nugent rode France’s Boy when the two horses staged an on-pace battle in the middle stages of a 1700m handicap on July 11.
At one point in the race, the pair was nearly 10 lengths ahead of their nearest rivals but both horses wilted late to finish out of the placings.
Stewards interviewed both riders, as well as trainers John Hickmott and Kevin Corstens, shortly after the race.
The inquiry also sought input from Racing Victoria Apprentice Jockey Coach Alf Matthews and the masters of each rider, King's mentor Gerald Egan and Nugent's boss David Eustace.
After considering all the evidence, which included a review of betting data on the race and analysis of sectional times, stewards determined that both Nugent and King erred in their judgement of pace, which proved detrimental to the performance of their respective mounts.
However, stewards could not be satisfied to the requisite standard that the error of judgement was the type that could be characterised as culpable under the rules of racing and, instead of handing out any charges, issued both riders escaped with a severe reprimand.
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